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Diversity through equity and inclusion: The responsibility belongs to all of us

Authors
  • Olzmann, James A.1
  • 1 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, and the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, and Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, San Francisco, CA 94158
Type
Published Article
Journal
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Publisher
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
31
Issue
25
Pages
2757–2760
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E20-09-0575
PMID: 33253074
PMCID: PMC7851857
Source
PubMed Central
Disciplines
  • ASCB Award Essay
License
Green

Abstract

Despite the recognized benefits of diversity and the decades of programs targeted at increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, the underrepresentation of historically excluded groups continues due to persisting systemic inequalities. It is imperative that we reassess our current recruitment strategies and reimagine our campus and workplace environments to provide an inclusive and equitable culture that is free of institutional barriers, affording equal opportunities for each individual to succeed, thrive, and be their whole self. For too long this vision has been the fight of a heroic few, but it must become the fight of all in order to achieve true change. I am working toward, and look forward to, a future where contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion is fully integrated into the core mission of our institutions and is an expectation for all of us.

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